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BAD day at Doctors

Posted by Terry W. on 5/08/03 at 18:45 (118127)

Well I went to the bone doctor yesterday, he took x-rays of course of my feet..nothing showed up. I explained the pain to him the best I could. I was in tears when I left his office. He had me sitting on the table with my legs stretched out on it. As he was standing there with his hands on my feet, he in condscending (sp?) voice, told me, 'Now, Terry, you may not know this but when women at your age go through menopause, their feet can burn at time.' I told him, 'THIS IS NOT BURNING, it hurts so bad, I CAN NOT WALK at times!!!!!!' I told him, there is something wrong with my ankles and feet, I need something done, and don't tell me this crap is from just getting old! He said my feet weren't swollen, which they weren't but I told him, when I am on them for a while, cutting grass, working in the yard and/or doing some major house cleaning, for 2 days I can't walk. He was not impressed I don't think. He gave me a prescription for Methylprednisolone to take for 6 days and a prescription for Darvocet for pain, if I need it. I am to call him Monday and let him know if it has helped. Well by the time I got home after sitting in the waiting room for over 2 hours, I was not a happy camper. My husband told me, the next time you are hurting and your feet are swollen, if its on a week day, he is gonna take me to the doctor and SHOW him my feet. If after hours or on the weekend, we are going to the ER. I am at my wits-end. Mad, scared, MAD. I feel like no one is taking this serious, maybe when I fall and break my leg or my old hip, then maybe, just maybe these doctors here with see I am not a nut.

Re: BAD day at Doctors

Sharon W on 5/08/03 at 19:32 (118129)


That's TERRIBLE! Why do some doctors act that way?! =:) Please, find another doctor, don't go back to that one, EVER! That's the one way patients can show a doctor that he didn't do his job the way he should have. It's how a patient can 'vote' against a bad doctor -- by never ever going back!! :o After all, a doctor loses money when a patient changes to another doctor. It hurts him in his pocketbook, and (unfortunately) that seems to be all that some doctors really care about. x-( What it comes down to is, that bone doctor doesn't DESERVE your business.

You need a referral to a good podiatrist, NOT another bone doctor. Bone doctors really don't know all that much about feet, compared with podiatrists -- and as you've seen for yourself, some of them are quite NASTY to patients with terrible foot pain whose problem is NOT in the bones, the problem is in tissues that won't show up on an X-ray.

AAAaaarrggh! I'm on YOUR side, and this makes me angry! x-(


Re: BAD day at Doctors

Debby K on 5/08/03 at 20:04 (118131)

Terry, I'm so very sorry to hear of your horrible day! Please don't go back to that doctor. By chance, do you live near Dallas? I have a wonderful podiatrist that I go to. You need a good podiatrist who KNOWS about TTS. Hopefully, you'll feel better soon.

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Pauline on 5/08/03 at 22:03 (118143)

Looking back at your first post, part of which I'm including in this one, it sounds like you struck out twice with doctors. One Pod and one Ortho. I very sorry about how you've been treated. I wonder if women didn't go through menopause what doctor's would blame things on. Men certainly are not treated this way. I have yet to hear a doctor tell a man his impotency and pot belly could be causing his foot pain.

Like you I'm tired of doctors brushing women off just because they are of menopausal age. A few good pops to these doctors' heads by their wives might just clear up their thinking.

I agree time to look for a new doctor that cares be it Pod. or Ortho and one who doesn't think menopause causes women to make up pain foot pain.

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Posted by Terry W. on 4/30/03 at 14:54

Thank you for all of ya'll advice and encouragement. I went to a foot doctor a couple of weeks ago..(not sure if I will stay with him, his bedside manner sucks). Anyway he had me stand up and step into a blue foam stuff, he got the impression of my feet and he is gonna call me when, some kind of thingy I put in my shoes come back. I also have a appointment next week with a bone doctor..

Re: For Pauline

Sharon W on 5/08/03 at 22:25 (118145)


You wrote: 'I wonder if women didn't go through menopause what doctor's would blame things on. Men certainly are not treated this way. I have yet to hear a doctor tell a man his impotency and pot belly could be causing his foot pain.' :))

I LOVED it!!! You were SO right on with that one! =D>

I am not so sure Terry would be just as well off with another bone doctor, as with another podiatrist (foot doctor), however. Unless of course, the bone doctor is a specialist in feet and ankles... as well as being a kind and compassionate person.


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BrianG on 5/08/03 at 22:56 (118146)

Any doctor who prescribes Darvocet for the type of pain you mentioned has no compassion, AND needs to be re-educated in pain control !! Check it out at a search engine, Darvocet is indicated for 'mild pain'.

Doesn't sound like you have mild pain to me!
Time for a new Doc,

Re: BAD day at Doctors

Dot B on 5/09/03 at 04:50 (118156)

We live in Greensburg, PA. We have tried doctor after doctor and none will give any pain medication. A few have given some for a couple of months and even though she follows directions to the letter and tries to make them last longer, they all say she is addicted and tell her they don't want to see her again. This why I am trying so desparetly to find some help for Laura. We are reduced to gettin occasion help from others who can get them. Bad day at the doctor has turned into bad YEARS at the doctors.

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Richard, C.Ped on 5/09/03 at 11:52 (118169)

That a huge problem. There are so many docs out there who do not know about PF or other foot conditions. We have gone from office to office speaking to the docs and nurses about the use of orthotics, but its almost in one ear and out the other. It happens mostly with family practice docs.

There is alot going on down there in our feet. If looking for a new doc, you could always try your local chamber of commerce or better business bureau.
Good luck!

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Ginny K on 5/09/03 at 12:00 (118171)

I have not been on this board for a long time, but decided to check it out today since i had it bookmarked. I have not had a chance to go back and read all your e-mails, but I have been going through similar pain. i have now been through 9 doctors and I hope I can spare you the similar experience. My advice to you is to see a neurologist. The foot specialist I saw told me once the pain began on the top of my foot, he knew it was no longer tarsal tunnel syndrome. I was just recently diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a very painful nerve disorder that affects 20 million people. My symptoms began with stinging and burning pain in my feet. The pain is worse the more that I am on them and especially worse at night even though my feet are not swollen, which is very typical. Stinging and burning pain is often related to nerves, but not necessarily one trapped nerve as in tarsal tunnel syndrome.

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Sharon W on 5/09/03 at 12:18 (118174)


You're right, a neurologist might be just the answer for Terry -- whether or not the neurologist isn't a permanent person managing the problem, they could do the appropriate nerve conduction tests and could assess for other signs of peripheral neuropathy. I'm sure she's getting very tired of all this, and she definitely needs to get some pain relief!


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Ginny K on 5/09/03 at 12:29 (118176)

There are a couple more things I'll share about peripheral neuropathy. You mentioned that you have arthritis in your ankle. Arthritis can be one of the causes of peripheral neuropathy. Also, concerning your pain, before I was even diagnosed with PN, I convinced my doctor to let me try Neurotin, an anti-seizure drug often used for nerve pain. Nothing else would touch the pain, and eventually I got some relief with the neurotin. This is a website that has a peripheral neuropathy website. Check it out. http://neuro-mancer.mgh.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/forumdisplay.cgi?action=topics&forum=Peripheral+Neuropathy

Re: BAD day at Doctors

Terry W. on 5/09/03 at 13:17 (118183)

Thanks everyone for your input. I will never, ever go back to that doctor again. I was very sick last nite, cold sweat, nausae, diarehea, so I read the side effects of the methylprednisolone, so I quit taking that. I havent even took a darvocet, and I won't. I worked in the yard a little bit today, but to hot and humid. I am having cramping like pains in my feet now but I am gonna wait to see if it gets any worse.

I remember back in my 'younger' days, when I had a bad day or felt bad, I would hear, 'oh,she is just having PMS..'Geeeeee, I tell men (sorry guys), that they have bfa..bad f***ing attitudes..lol

I will find out what the heck is wrong with me. I had a MRI done awhile back. It did show hardening of the arteries in my brain, not bad but it is there. I had the MRI because I have a sister with MS. My husband wonders if it might be arterie problems with my feet. But anyway, it helps to know that ya'll at least don't think I am crazy. It really does!! I spoke to my older neighbor awhile ago and told her what all the doctors have told me, menopause, she said there were nuts, she had never heard of that. So I at least have her and my husband on my side. :)
I hope everyone has a great day and again THANK YOU!!!!!!

Re: Hope this helps

BrianG on 5/09/03 at 16:20 (118198)

Hi Dot,

I spent a little time on the Net, and found someone who may help. Have you seen a pain management doctor yet? Sometimes it's best to see this type of doctor, who can treat your pain, while specialists are working on the physical problem. Have you seen this doctor yet? He is board certified in Pain Management.

M.J. Grennan_JR, MD
Center for Pain Medicine
1020 Madison Ave.
Pittsburg, PA. 15212

Good Luck

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Dot B on 5/10/03 at 23:15 (118275)

Thanks, Brian. We will be caling him first thing Monday morning. Dot

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marie on 5/11/03 at 17:53 (118345)


I don't know why some doctors act the way they do. Menopause may not be helping the situation but there is no excuse for him to be that condescending to you. Especially if you're in this kind of pain. I agree with your hubby. Go to the ER if you have to get it documented. Better yet if your doc doesn't change his tone find a new doc.

Best wishes to you,

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Dot B on 5/24/03 at 02:56 (119796)

thanx,Brian G. Before I could get hold of this doctor Laura found the name of a clinic on Rte 5l next to Baldwin High School. it's called the Jefferson Pain and Rehab Clinic and it is the best. They make up the neurotin cream everybody was looking for. They also diagnosed and explained problems we were unaware of such as the polyneurpathy in her feet which is why she scalds her feet in the bathtub and is constantly hurting her feet. All with a smile, jokes and teasing. She was given a pain shot, a B12 shot and morphine pills for her pain. I could go on and on but suffice it to say, if you need help, try them. Oh, I almost forgot she also gave her the name of a doctor in Ohio? who is doing succesful work with nerve damaged blindness. Another also, I finally received the compression socks I ordered thru the internet and she loves them and had some instant relief. By flexing her feet they also give a marvelous massage. My thanks to one and all on this website. You have been a
Godsend. Bot B.